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I'm thinking of having a lawful evil Paladin whose reason for being evil is it is the word of his god.
Would this work?
Is this a good idea?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ What are your concerns? Why do you think it is a good idea? Why do you think it might be a bad idea? Is a Lawful Evil character compatible with the other PCs? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 5, 2023 at 17:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think this question as written is a really bad fit for this site. As the other comments say, do you have any specific concerns? Do you know anytihng about the other characters or the campaign? \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
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    \$\begingroup\$ For "Is this a good idea?" see rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/2478/… \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 5, 2023 at 18:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ As others have said, it's hard to answer "is this a good idea" without the answer just being pure opinion. This site's voting mechanism works by ensuring "best" answers gradually float to the top - but if the answers are pure opinion, that mechanism breaks down, since there's no way to judge which opinion is better than another except more opinion. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Commented Oct 5, 2023 at 21:44

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Depends on what you mean by "works".

Following the rules of your god, who demands you do unspeakable things, because you are their servant, is pretty clearly in the "Lawful Evil" sector of the alignments.

Whether or not that works for your game, depends on the rest of the party and the mood of the story, so as always before you play an evil character, discuss with your group (players and DM both).

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Paladins are not alignment-bound in 5e.

Your paladin can be any alignment they want- rather than being bound strictly to lawful good, 5e paladins are bound by the tenets of their oath.

Some oaths are easier to follow for a Good character than an Evil character, but they're no longer mutually exclusive. Whereas in the past any paladin might lose their powers and have to atone for an evil act, now this is more likely to happen due to directly violating the oaths of their subclass.

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